What a lovely weekend – It almost felt like summer! I finally caught up on a lot of reading and here are a couple inspiring and insightful reads – especially on operational excellence:

  1. An interesting read on “Dunbar’s number” and the number of friendships you can enter. What stuck me the most: It takes about 200 hours of investment in the space of a few months to move a stranger into being a good friend.
  2. I am definitely putting this book on my reading list: “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art”
  3. Some tricks just cannot be taught. Street magicians amaze me because they are the ultimate sales people: everybody tries to avoid getting caught into their vortex. My principle in dealing with magicians (or clowns for that matter) is: If they manage to stop me, I owe them the tip. 

This is excellence: Filippo Ganna still winning the Time Trials in Milano, concluding this year’s Giro d’Italia, after having to change the bike because he had a flat tire!* CAMBIO BICI!!!

*) what does this say about operational excellence? Somebody failed somewhere because Filippo had a flat tire…but the comeback is stronger than the setback!

being inspired

A dose of inspiration for the coming week:

  1.  Revisiting Eating the Big Fish. For reasons. A great book that stands the test of time. 
  2. I enjoyed reading this: Agile Mindset is not a question of profession, but of attitude and mindset – an example from the music industry (In German)
  3. I enjoy my occasional Tin Tin (or as we call it in Germany: Tim und Struppi). Did you know that he was a recognized Style Icon?

Lastly, this put a smile on my face:

What inspired us this week

Tuesday Night… before rushing to sleep, here are a few things that inspired us over the past days:

  1. The Gastro Obscura Instagram Account. Next to music, food art is something that frequently inspires and amazes me! This account is a gem!
  2. It turns out that NightShift on your phone and Blue Light blocking glasses don’t actually do the trick in improving your sleep. Bummer (I fell for the marketing, too!)! More on the topic of sleep here: This episode of the Rich Roll Podcast with Neuroscientist Matthew Walker on Sleep. Working in our “industry” frequently means that we are deprived of sleep because we want to “go that extra mile” or “be a bit more prepared”. Quoting from the shownotes: All told, this is an utterly fascinating masterclass on why you must rethink your relationship with sleep and the profound short and long-term impacts sleep has on every facet of our lives from learning to mood, productivity, energy, hormone regulation, longevity, and even susceptibility to cancer and other diseases
  3. As we are suckers for writing with fountain pens, we whole-heartedly agree with Om: Why handwriting beats typing.  

what a week

hard to put into words what inspired me this week

what a week!

1. I hab a very inspiring conversation with Christoph Zott , Professor for Entrepreneurship at IESE, on DDP and DDPA. I’ve ordered his book on Business Model Innovation Strategy and can’t wait to see why my passion topic: Blue Ocean Strategy fits in.

2. Webcams are bad. Like really bad. Here’s a fix that we used at Britenet’s first Webinar: https://reincubate.com/support/how-to/why-are-webcams-bad/

3. Have you ever noticed how Disney reuses sequences?

This reminds me a lot of our job: Look what works best, extract the essence and repackage it.  

Have a good weekend, y’all!

week recap

We love the Basecamp feature of automatic check-ins. So here’s what inspired us this week:

My inspirational quote of the week: What you think is boring now may be interesting in the future. Very tangible advice that I found here at the blog of Austin Kleon

I was never good at Super Mario Bros., but this video makes me want to charge batteries and pick up my GameBoy again:

Number of Austrians it takes to ring a giant bell: 4

schonmal was von ogsm gehört?

Im moment funktionieren wir alle in einem Corona-gedämpften Modus: Die Dinge laufen irgendwie, aber so richtig kommt keiner vom Fleck. Das ist nicht verwunderlich, uns fehlen in der Wirtschaft Planungs- und Zielmomente, an denen wir uns orientieren können. Was passiert denn, wenn die Pandemie *vorbei* ist? Wie geht es weiter? Wie kriegen sie Ihre Mitarbeiter wieder auf Spur und vermitteln ihnen, wie ihre tägliche Arbeit auf die Vision und Ziele ihres Unternehmens einzahlen? 

Um diese Fragen zu beantworten, stelle ich Ihnen ein Planungstool vor, was meiner Meinung nach in jedem Unternehmen Anwendung finden sollte: Das OGSM: Objectives, Goals, Strategies & Measures. Mit einem OGSM schreiben sie ihre Schatzkarte, stellen ihr Expeditionsteam zusammen, packen Kompass und Proviant ein – und machen sich gemeinsam auf den Weg! 

Objectives sind die Zielvereinbarungen, die von der Unternehmensführung gesetzt werden: Wo wollen wir in 1, 3 oder 5 Jahren stehen?

Goals beschreiben, wie Erfolg aussieht.

Strategies beschreiben den Weg zu den Zielvereinbarungen, Zwischenziele sozusagen.

Measures zeigen, wie die Strategieumsetzung überwacht wird und wird häufig als KPI Dashboard dargestellt. 

Die vier Elemente des OGSM beantworten die Fragen

1. In welche Richtung bewegen wir uns als Unternehmen?

2. Wie wird es aussehen, wenn wir dort ankommen?

3. Wie kommen wir zum Ziel?

4. Wie wissen wir, dass wir auf dem richtigen Weg sind?

Wie ein OGSM in ein Unternehmen eingeführt wird, erfahren Sie in meinem nächsten Artikel – oder eher in einer PM!

Photo by Anastasia Petrova on Unsplash